Child Care State Reports . III. Gaps in Child Care Supply [6]

12/01/1999

  • Maximum reimbursement rates in Connecticut are determined on a regional basis. Providers in Connecticut may be unwilling to accept subsidized children, or may limit their enrollment, when the reimbursement rates are lower then their prices (see example in section II). As a result, families receiving subsidies may have limited choices of caregivers.
  • Staff from United Way Connecticut/Child Care Infoline, the resource and referral agency serving Connecticut, report shortages in the supply of infant/toddler care, school-age care, care during non-traditional hours, and care for children who have special needs or are ill. Specifically:
    • There is a shortage of infant/toddler care in Connecticut. Many center-based programs do not offer care, or offer limited services, to children under the age of three.
    • School-age care in many areas of Connecticut can be difficult to find. Generally, children must attend programs within their school district, and vacancy rates vary by area. For example there is one school District in Hartford that has no available school-age slots.
    • Care during non-traditional hours is in short supply in Connecticut. For example, only 16 percent of family day care homes in Hartford offer any non-traditional hour care. A smaller fraction, 5 percent, provide care during weekend hours.
    • Connecticut’s licensing regulations do not permit programs to offer care for sick children.